Social distancing matters outdoors too

Public Health encourages you to maintain six feet of space between yourself and others from outside your household, even outdoors.

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Muscatine County Public Health thanks all residents following social distancing guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Following these guidelines matter, even when outside.

“We encourage residents to spend time outdoors when possible because it’s beneficial to our mental
health and physical activity is a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle,” said Muscatine County Public
Health Director Christy Roby Williams. “Everyone needs to continue following social distancing
guidelines when outdoors because close contact, even outside, can spread the virus that
causes COVID-19.”

When spending time outdoors, all people should take several actions:

• Maintain social distancing by keeping at least six feet between yourself and anyone you encounter
• Spend time outdoors alone, or only with members of your household. This is not the time for
team sports or recreation.
• Avoid popular parks and trails that are frequently crowded.
• Avoid touching surfaces like crosswalk buttons, park benches, etc. Carry hand sanitizer with you
so you can clean your hands while outside and be sure to remove your shoes at the door and
wash your hands as soon as you return home.

Additionally, everyone should follow general social distancing guidelines:

• Stay home as much as possible.
• If you must go out for essential errands like getting groceries or prescriptions, go alone if
possible and maintain social distancing.
• Practice social distancing by staying six-feet away from other individuals. Avoid groups of more
than 10 people
• Please wear a cloth face covering when running essential errands to protect others in case you are
infected with COVID-19 and have no symptoms or have not yet developed symptoms.

As of April 22, Muscatine County has 240 cases of COVID-19, 88 recoveries, and six deaths.

“The grief our county is experiencing is heartbreaking. Please continue to keep all individuals impacted by these difficult losses in your positive thoughts for comfort, strength, and peace,” said Roby Williams.

The Muscatine County Health Department continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and other state and local partners to respond to this ongoing pandemic.

For up-to-date inforation on COVID-19, visit the IDPH webpage at and follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.